A couple of years ago, if you wanted to set up cloud hosting for your small business or enterprise, then you were limited in the number of service providers you could choose from. In fact, you had to go to a special hosting company and receive your cloud hosting plan from a company that specialized in cloud hosting. Traditional Web hosting companies didn’t offer that service.

Today, I’m seeing more and more traditional Web hosting companies offering cloud services. But should you use them?

I think that traditional Web hosting companies offering cloud hosting services is evidence that cloud hosting has moved into the mainstream. However, I would not encourage you to use the traditional hosts for cloud hosting services. There are a number of reasons.

  • First, the fact that the traditional Web host offers the service doesn’t mean it’s a valuable service. It doesn’t mean it isn’t, either. Ask lots of questions and compare their plans to the plans of cloud hosting companies.
  • Find out if the traditional Web host is using the same servers for its traditional plans as it is for its cloud hosting plans. Just because they call it cloud hosting doesn’t make it cloud hosting.
  • Are they using virtual servers or dedicated servers? Ask the question.
  • Traditional Web hosts may have their cloud servers in the same datacenter as their traditional cheap hosting servers. You’ll never get the same level of service that you would get from a cloud hosting specialist.

There are a ton of questions you should ask of any host before you decide to use their services. This is especially true of cloud hosting, and doubly true of traditional Web hosts offering cloud hosting services.